Plants and Healers International (PHI) is building a Plant Allies Network (PAN) map.
The tag line is “Connecting People, Plants and Healers”
This will represent a unique online resource that connects people, plants, and healers all over the globe. This database will be searchable and mostly powered using the wiki model of crowd sourcing.
Map based resources for exchanging information, skills, and opportunities
Dynamic map for exploring opportunities and resources for education, work and connections among the global community of plant enthusiasts and healers.
We are looking to fill a hole online in linking people looking to learn about plants with folks willing and wanting to teach. Opening botanically focused pathways to young people is a particular goal. We also envision building connections between grass roots practitioners and institutions for peer to peer learning and collaboration. Frank Cook’s excellent networking ability has inspired us to keep connecting the dots between the amazing plant people and ecotypes of the world in such a way. This project will facilitate alliances that enhance the impact of efforts to transition to a more sustainable world.
Some examples of categories we are preparing to feature are below:
Schools of sustainable agriculture, ethnobotany, and healing
Ethnobotanical ecotour guides for plant inventories, walks, wild foods foraging
Plant lists (initially handwritten ones from Frank Cook that have been scanned) and electronic ones
Herbalists, midwives, shaman and other natural healers
Internships, apprenticeships, farm stays, and job opportunities
Annual Events calendar
Botanically focused video
Botanical gardens and Arboretums
Ecovillages and other communities of Ecoliving
Below you can see a map that features a number of places Frank visited a taught at in North America, Costa Rica, England and Zambia. More locations will be featured in the coming weeks and months.
This page also features a host of prexisting mapping projects that feature similar endeavors and may help serve as models. ultimately we hope to unify these different data sets into one map that also has a wiki/crowd sourcing model component.
A finding aid for hundreds of specifically Japanese Gardens from all around the world
Green Deane’s List of Foraging Instructors across North America and some in Europe
Here’s a map of farms and retreat centers in Costa Rica specifically.
Map of Earthskills Gatherings and Food Forests via Cheng Liu